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INDIAN GAMES AND DANCES                 89
a light, soft material, hair or wool; a drum; six deco­rated drum-sticks; rosettes of blue and of green; strips of blue and green paper.
Directions. — A fairly level open space large enough for a circle of from twenty to thirty feet in diameter is marked upon the ground, in the center of which the standard is planted. Directly west and on a line with the standard the blanket or rug is spread. In front of the rug and on a line with the standard the drum is set. At a little distance on each side of the drum the two wands are thrust in the ground, the one decorated with blue to the north, the one with green to the south. On the rug back of the drum the eight tally-rods are laid in a bunch, with the butts of the rods toward the east. At the butts of the rods are placed the two little balls.
The players draw lots as to which side they are to be­long. This is done by putting the green and blue strips of paper in a receptacle and each one drawing a strip. Those who draw blue belong to the north side; those who draw green, to the south side. Each player must then fasten a rosette, of the color of the side to which he or she belongs, on the shoulder; those who belong to the north side must put the blue rosette on the right shoulder, and those who belong to the south side must put the green rosette on the left shoulder.
Officers. — Two Judges; a Custodian; two Guessers; six Singers.
The players on the north side choose from among their number one who is to be their Judge; the players on the south side choose one for their Judge. It is the
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